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Film Fridays – Making Mistakes

When someone finds out that I’m photographing on film, I usually get one of three reactions:

  1. “Oh! No way! That’s cool!”
  2. “What? They still make film? Why in the world…?” (a.k.a., for the younger generation, “What’s film?”)
  3. “I could never do that! I would mess everything up!”

Today, we’re used to the instant gratification of digital photography. When someone gives me #3, I typically respond with something along the lines, of, “it’s just like digital photography, without being able to see what you’re doing immediately,” which is mostly true. If you shoot a digital camera manually, you are telling the camera what to do. The difference in shooting a film camera is that, yes, maybe the buttons are set up differently, and you have to load the film in before you get started (see more on that below) and you have a more limited number of images you can make before you have to re-load. (Don’t try to tell me that I can take unlimited numbers of images on a digital camera. Those memory cards are cheap but that doesn’t mean they don’t fill up!) I think what most people are saying is that they’re too afraid to try using a film camera, which I kind of understand (but not really).

Film isn’t free. Ok, fact. Neither are digital cameras or memory cards. Money aside, you’re still spending time perfecting a craft while photographing digitally. Unless you are the throw-my-camera-on-auto-and-go-for-it type of photographer, you likely analyze the scene of an image, adjust your camera’s settings accordingly, compose the image, and focus the camera prior to pressing the shutter. The process is the same for film cameras. And, for both digital and film cameras, we have “whoopsies” moments every now and then.

Making a mistake with film seems to be more grave than making a mistake with digital files, because, often, when finally realizing your mistake with film, it’s too late to do anything about it.

Sometimes, this happens:

Making mistakes on film from San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

What’s that? Oh, it’s just a perfectly developed roll of 35mm Fuji Superia, that I thought I ran through my Nikonos V earlier this week. Turns out, I hadn’t loaded it correctly so it was just chilling with me, in the camera, in the pool, all afternoon. Here’s another view:

Making mistakes on film from San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Yep, totally blank.

You know I was excited about it when I posted about our maiden voyage together on Instagram:

Making mistakes on film from San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

Here’s the camera’s manual, mocking me for not confirming that the film is properly loaded. ;)

Making mistakes on film from San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

So, yes, film loading mistakes happen. Once, I thought I shot a whole roll of film on my medium format camera, using 120 film. At the end of the session, I went to unload the film, and realized I had inserted the entire roll backwards. Since 120 film is paper-backed, nothing had been exposed on the roll. Whoopsies.

Sometimes, a film loading mistake isn’t so bad. In this image, the film had loaded, but wasn’t on the reel securely, so it wasn’t advancing properly. I still love the image! It’s from the first roll of 120 that I shot after getting my own medium format camera, so there’s a little nostalgia about it that I like as well.

Making mistakes on film from San Diego wedding photographer Lauren Nygard

So, yes, mistakes happen. But they’re not catastrophic. It’s still worth it to get out, shoot some film, and have fun!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Are you looking for a film photographer for your upcoming portrait, wedding or anniversary session? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with San Diego Wedding Photographer Lauren Nygard! Lauren is based in Southern California but loves traveling with her camera to capture love across the globe!

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Marine Corps Homecoming at Camp Pendleton

What a perfect day for a Marine Corps homecoming! This precious family is whole again after missing their Marine for several months, and I couldn’t be more excited for them! The smiles on their faces say it all. Welcome back, Marines!

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xoxo,
Lauren

 

Looking for a photographer for your upcoming military homecoming? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with Camp Pendleton Homecoming Photographer Lauren Nygard! :) I’d love to hear from you!

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Seeing the world in Black and White

Black and white photographs can be so powerful. Something about removing color from our world allows us to focus on the essence of an image, which really pulls at our emotions. Though I love photographing on black and white film, I find that I often envision certain digital images in black and white, and then convert them while editing. One of my favorite images I’ve ever made was converted to black and white in post processing, which allows the viewer to focus on the details of the image, from the texture of his skin to the highlight in his eye:

Black and white photography by San Diego fine art portrait photographer Lauren Nygard

Stanley, 2012.

Sometimes digital photographers can feel stuck while photographing on black and white film because it’s not possible to switch back to color. (I know I’ve felt that way before!) Photographing on film helps me slow down to really perfect an image before firing the shutter, and I’ve found that photographing on black and white film helps me focus even more. I don’t have the opportunity to photograph the world as I see it, but rather must evaluate the scene and consider how the resulting image will read in monochromatic tones.

When photographing this session with Jordan, I was exploring film photography for portraits and had packed my medium format camera and some black and white film to try it out. When I got the scans back from the lab, I was really disappointed because I loved my color (digital) images so much more. Now, looking back, I think I prefer these black and white images. ;)

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Here are a few more recent images that I converted to black and white from color digital files. These are from a lifestyle newborn session from last month.

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This post is part of a ladies’ blog circle showcasing our favorite images in black and white! Be sure to check out the next link in the circle: Black and White Fantasy by Kristy G. Photography!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Are you looking for a film photographer for your upcoming portrait, wedding or anniversary session? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with San Diego Wedding Photographer Lauren Nygard! Lauren is based in Southern California but loves traveling with her camera to capture love across the globe!

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Film Fridays – Peach Sparkler Cocktail

I’m feeling thirsty today, so I’m featuring an image I took with my Nikon N8008 while concocting and photographing a peach sparkler cocktail for Vows & Valor! Though I photographed the process with my digital camera, I stopped to make this one image on film before enjoying the deliciousness! ;) See more images and the recipe here!

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Happy Friday, y’all!

xoxo,
Lauren

 

Are you looking for a photographer for your upcoming wedding or anniversary session? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with San Diego Wedding Photographer Lauren Nygard! Lauren is based in Southern California but loves traveling with her camera to capture love across the globe!

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Jordan & Ben – Oceanside Harbor Couples Session

Jordan and I go to yoga together, and it was amazing to finally meet Ben for some photo fun! You’ve seen the images captured on film from their session, and now it’s time for the digital images! These two were such a blast to hang out with at the harbor, and I loved that they were up for anything, including giving Jordan a twirl (or two or three) and dipping their feet in the water off one of the docks! Here are some of favorites from our time together.

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xoxo,
Lauren

 

Are you looking for a photographer for your upcoming wedding or anniversary session? Email Lauren at lauren@laurennygard.com or use the contact link on the top of this page to get in touch with San Diego Wedding Photographer Lauren Nygard! Lauren is based in Southern California but loves traveling with her camera to capture love across the globe!

San Diego Wedding Photography | Lauren Nygard Photography

http://laurennygard.com

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